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Many of the issues facing our country are extraordinarily complex and nuanced. In order to understand these policy issues and the various perspectives around them, elected leaders, government staff, the public, industry, and nonprofits must first have an objective basic knowledge that is rooted in fact. Center Forward’s Basics series presents complicated issues in a non-partisan and easy-to-understand manner.

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Unlocking Growth: Business Franchising


Franchising has contributed to robust job creation and a skills development platform for small business owners and workers. Today, more than 806,000 franchise establishments exist, which support nearly 8.7 million jobs in the United States.

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Cultivating Sustainability Through Regenerative Agriculture

Climate & Sustainability Food & Beverage

Regenerative agriculture entails farming and ranching in a manner that nurtures both the people and the planet, with specific methods varying among farmers and across landscapes.

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Tobacco Harm Reduction

Health Care

Harm Reduction refers to a range of intentional public health policies and practices designed to lessen the negative social and/or physical consequences associated with various human behaviors, both legal and illegal. Harm reduction practices have been used for decades in a number of areas including opioid abuse, reproductive health, vaccinations, and more. 

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EPR – Extended Producer Responsibility

Climate & Sustainability

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is a policy approach that encompasses all environmental expenses linked to product packaging across its life cycle, incorporating them into the market price of the package.

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United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)


The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), enacted in 2020 to replace NAFTA, aims to bolster trade and enhance relationships among North America’s major economies.

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Recycling Infrastructure & Sustainability

Climate & Sustainability

Today, the U.S. recycling industry is pivoting more towards technology, innovations, and other methods to aid in the efficiency of the recycling process. Significant developments are occurring in waste management, recycling, and sustainability along with an increased demand for sustainability from both customers and employees.

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Basel III Endgame: Navigating Capital Requirements and their Economic Impacts

Financial Services

In July 2023, the Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) jointly released a notice of proposed rulemaking to implement final Basel III reforms framework domestically. Industry leaders and economic experts have expressed concern that the proposal from U.S. regulators included little concrete economic analysis and impact studies, and the U.S. proposal deviates significantly from the standards agreed upon by the BCBS.

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Incentivizing Hydrogen – Tax Credits for Clean Energy

Climate & Sustainability Energy & Utilities

Hydrogen’s flexibility as a fuel source across the transportation, industrial, and power generation sectors, coupled with its efficient storage capabilities, positions it as a critical component in achieving net-zero global emission goals. The production of clean hydrogen is supported by the Section 45V tax credit, which was established under the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022. The 45V credit aims to accelerate the deployment of clean hydrogen production.

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